Diet is a crucial factor in the appearance of cellulite, and it is essential to rectify bad habits and focus on the consumption of anti-cellulite foods.
The diet must be balanced, rich in fruits and vegetables, and low in sugar and fat. If necessary, a diet can be helpful to lose excess weight.
Anti-cellulite foods: for whom?
Do you have to go on a diet? This is the first question to ask yourself.
Indeed, as we have pointed out several times, cellulite is not necessarily a weight problem, and many thin people nevertheless have localized cellulite.
Identify your type of cellulite
There are three types of cellulite:
– adipose cellulite: due to an excess of fat in the cells;
– Aqueous cellulite: due to an excess of water in the cells;
– Fibrous cellulite: cellulite, generally adipose, installed for a long time.
Only adipose and fibrous cellulite require a slimming diet. In aqueous cellulite, where the problem is water retention, a diuretic diet is required.
Good to know: a few changes in your eating habits and a little more physical exercise can sometimes help refine your figure without going on a diet.
Do you want to lose pounds?
To know if you are overweight and need to go on a diet, you can calculate your body mass index (BMI).
Please note: this interpretation is given as an indication and does not apply to everyone (it does not apply to athletes, children, pregnant women, and the elderly, for example). Ask your doctor to interpret your BMI result and to know if you should start a diet.
Anti-cellulite and fibrous cellulite foods: a slimming diet
A balanced diet limits the intake of fats, sugars, and alcohol and will allow you to store less fat.
There is no such thing as a miracle anti-cellulite diet, and it is necessary to combine a diet AND physical activity or another anti-cellulite solution to reduce cellulite.
You can complement your anti-cellulite treatment with the application of a cream, massages, or anti-cellulite treatments.
Nevertheless, a diet can help you lose a few pounds if you are overweight and thus help reduce the size of the fat cells that give this “orange peel” appearance.
Important: in all cases, it is preferable to follow the advice of a dietician or a nutritionist to benefit from a medical follow-up before starting a diet.
A varied and balanced diet
The most effective weight-loss diets generally reduce the consumption of fatty and sugary products, eat more fiber and adopt a balanced diet, and eat everything but in smaller quantities.
A healthy nutrition program will recommend
– At least 5 fresh fruits and vegetables a day (raw or cooked).
– Eat proteins: white meats, eggs, etc.
– Eat foods rich in omega 3: seafood, fish, etc.
– Reduce your consumption of starchy foods to a maximum of three times a week and preference whole grains.
– Three dairy products a day, giving preference to 0% yogurt and low-fat cheese and avoiding whole milk.
– To limit the consumption of fats by favoring fats of vegetable origin (olive oil, colza oil).
– Limit (or even eliminate for a while) the consumption of sweet products (especially sodas, pastries…).
– Limit the consumption of salt, which promotes water retention.
– Limit the consumption of industrial products.
Hydration is essential to losing weight
Don’t forget the vital role of hydration. It is advisable to drink about 1.5 liters of water per day – outside of meals – and up to 2.5 liters in summer when sweltering.
Elimination is facilitated, and toxins are evacuated more quickly.
Stop fake dieting!
Diets can be prescribed in the case of a significant excess of weight. In this case, it is up to the doctor or nutritionist to give you the necessary indications to start a diet.
Dieting alone and trying all kinds of diets – including overly restrictive ones – can exhaust our bodies in the long run. Especially since we often go from a slimming phase to a phase of rapid and strong weight regain.
There are indeed people who develop cellulite because of yo-yo diets when a balanced and varied diet and a little sport could have helped them lose weight.
Beware of diets that are too restrictive cause deficiencies in the body.
Anti-water cellulite foods: against water retention
Aqueous cellulite is a water retention problem; it is necessary to rely on diuretic foods or plants (food supplements) to facilitate evacuation.
Some foods are known for their diuretic, draining, and toning effects. Here is a table presenting some of these foods:
– all red fruits
– citrus fruits;
– nuts, hazelnuts and almonds
– celery seed
– juniper berries.
At the same time, to fight against water retention, and therefore watery cellulite, it is advisable to avoid all elements with a high salt (sodium) content, for example
– chips and crackers;
– industrial dishes;
– cold cuts;
– white bread;
– certain cheeses.
Contrary to what we may think, drinking water is essential to fight against aqueous cellulite.
It is advisable to change your mineral water regularly and to prefer water that is low in sodium.
In addition, some teas and herbal teas are excellent for your health and have virtues:
– vein tonic;
Drinking lemon juice, for example, is an excellent way to drain the body naturally. Moreover, lemon is a source of vitamin C and restores the acid-base balance of the body.
You can apply lemon locally (for example, lemon essential oil mixed with vegetable oil and applied in massage allows unclogging cellulite progressively).
Finally, don’t forget that it is better to eliminate coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks.
A helping hand from food supplements
Many manufacturers extol the virtues of food supplements against cellulite. If they can give a little boost and affect the circulation, it is necessary to know that a cure of anti-cellulite food supplements is not required if the diet is balanced.
Good to know: some food supplements can have harmful effects on the body if taken too frequently. For example, caffeine.
Food supplements: effects on cellulite
You should choose food supplements according to the action you want them to have, in this case, according to your type of cellulite.
For cellulite without water retention (adipose cellulite, fibrous cellulite, mixed cellulite), you should prefer molecules that help burn fat. The best known are:
– green tea
– grape seed extract.
For cellulite with water retention (aqueous cellulite, mixed cellulite), you should choose supplements to facilitate drainage, such as
– the red vine;
– horse chestnut
– Ginkgo biloba;
– grape seed extracts;
– Witch hazel;
Price of anti-cellulite food supplements
First of all, you should know that any cure presupposes an attack phase and a maintenance phase: at the beginning of the therapy, it will be necessary to take several doses per day, then after approximately one month, the quantities can be decreased.
It is necessary to count from $15 to $40 for a box of 30 capsules or tablets (for a 2 weeks cure).
Warning: if in doubt, ask your doctor for advice. Dietary supplements may have contraindications, and interactions are possible with medication.